Derek Lam – New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

Casual, wearable cool was the reoccurring theme at the Derek Lam Fall Ready-to-Wear show. A new take on 60’s mod, the collection features winter white separates, plush leathers, muted florals, and chunky knits.

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Models strutted down the runway with mod eye makeup and teased updos, sporting ladylike, yet minimalist silhouettes. The collection was not over the top, but extremely accessible. Lam managed to take edgy black leather and turn it into a soft, feminine and almost work appropriate pencil skirt. He paired the ensembles with gold metallic oxfords and floral printed box bags to liven up the wintery looks.

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Lam’s strength was his ability to put a spin on casual basics, for a look that the everyday woman could easily wear. He dazzled viewers with a drool-worthy pair of red leather, straight-legged pants and surprised us with floral pants for fall. Lam anchored the collection with a series of perfectly classic coats. The show closed on a high note with a set of ethereal gowns worn under chunky sweaters.

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Although these looks may not be realistic for the college student, we can take away some tips. Wear a pair of metallic oxfords with your skinny jeans for a casual, yet unexpected look for class. When going out with friends, unleash your inner rock star and wear a leather dress. And, of course, don’t be afraid to rock florals in the fall. This collection is all about contrasting textures; so don’t hesitate to pair your most lightweight top with a leather jacket or a thick sweater.

classic kicks covered in iconic prints

Everyone has a pair of Converses floating around in the back of their closet. With spring just within our reach, it’s the perfect time to check out the new collaboration between Converse and iconic Finnish brand, Marimekko. You are probably familiar with Marimekko’s bright, funky fabrics, which come in the form of everything from slouchy, shoulder purses to tablecloths to tunics. The Unikko fabric from the 1960s is the brand’s most recognized.

Unikko fabric

The kicks come in four different fabrics, with an assortment of fun colors. The fabric is from original patterns from the 1960s. They’re available in the All Star in hi-top or lo-top form, as well as in the Jack Purcell Helen style. Prices range from $75 to $85 a pair. My favorite is the Jack Purcells in the white and red print.

White and red Jack Purcells

Check out this video, which features a designer from Marimekko’s thoughts and some awesome footage of Helsinki, Finland, where Marimekko is based. Get your pair of these scrumptious, feminine shoes and welcome spring with open arms.

No Need for the Weed Killer on this Blossoming Trend

French playwright Maurice Maeterlinck once stated, “Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?”   Imagine, a world devoid of flowers.  Not only the loss of those magnificent petals full of life and color, but also the total extinction of floral fabrics.  This spring’s blossoming trend would not be possible without the works of Mother Nature.  Floral patterns are sprouting up this season all over the runways from such collections as Dolce and Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli, and Anna Sui. 

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From orchids to daisies, these patterns range from bold to delicate.  An all-over floral dress can be paired with an oversized neutral sweater to balance the busy pattern.  For those more adventurous fashionistas, this spring’s neon trend can be found embedded in these flowery prints.  A brilliantly colored high wasted floral skirt can be worn with a white tank for a cute warm weather look.  And for those looking for just a pop of color, floral prints are showing up even on this season’s revival of canvas sneakers.  These shoes worn with a favorite pair of skinny jeans and oversized tee-shirt are a comfy way to show some of one’s fun loving personality.  The world idolizes flowers as a symbol of friendship and love.  And honestly, who can’t help but smile when in the presence of someone in a flouncy floral sundress?  When clothes make you happy, you know you’ve got the perfect outfit.